Birds on Broadway
One day last fall I’m walking down Broadway and I see someone painting on one of those metal gates that come down over stores when closed. It’s a bird…I think it’s a crow…cool!! A photographer with tripod is nearby. An art project?
A few days later in the NY Times: a photo of the bird, the painter, and an explanation.
After reading about the National Audubon Society’s “Birds and Climate Change Report”, Avi Gitler, Hamilton Heights gallery owner (Gitler &_____ Gallery), was inspired to commission a series of murals depicting some of Audubon’s birds.
Painted on security gates and buildings on the west side of Broadway between 149th and 150th streets, they add life and color to the neighborhood, as well as hopefully increasing awareness of how climate change is reducing and altering habitats for birds (and–once again I might add–for humans).
It is also a fitting tribute to John James Audubon, the bird artist, who once lived in the area, and is buried in Trinity Cemetery.
You can see my post on Trinity Cemetery here: https://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/2014/10/29/halloween-countdown-trinity-cemetery/
and the rest of the “Endangered Species” series here: https://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/category/painting/endangered-species/